Shepherd Park Citizens Association: May 31, 2017

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May has been the month for activity around the neighborhood. The annual yard sale moved to a new date to encourage homeowners to do their spring cleaning earlier, so as not be overwhelmed by early summer heat. Organizer Adrienne Antoine felt the change caught people off guard a bit and led to fewer stops and less sale of “treasures.” Still, there were others who reported finding just the right lamp or kitchen gadget. The Shepherd Park Citizens Association board will discuss the date change and let the community know in plenty of time next year.

The annual garden tour went very well, thanks to the planners and their committee. There were more visitors this year, though not as many ventured to the Colonial Village site. Hosts displayed vegetable gardens boosted by the warm spring weather, wonderful carefully planned color and variety, and all sorts of creatively done sculptures and “found object” art. Community photographers helped share the event for those who missed it.

June follows with the Friends of the Library book sale on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the front of the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library and then the annual picnic at Lowell School’s lower field on Sunday, June 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. With the end of school just around the corner, perhaps you need some summer reading or want to celebrate your neighbors. Check out both events.

While at the library, be sure to meet and greet the new manager, Melinda MacCall; the new associate children’s librarian, Brittany Lacey; and Studio Lab associate Corey Danielson. There are other new faces at the desk, as well. Introduce yourself and find out who they are. Sign up for the summer reading program. Use the conference rooms for neighborhood committee meetings and the study rooms upstairs for a quiet, cool place to work. One of the priorities stated in the D.C Public Library’s new strategic plan is to take the unique character of the neighborhoods served by each branch into account. Let MacCall and her staff know how you think that can be best done in Shepherd Park.

— June Confer